I love craft projects that can be done quickly and for little money. These paper pompoms fall into that category. These pompoms have made their way around the blogosphere as decorations for special occasions from showers, to weddings and birthdays. But they can easily translate to home decoration too. They add a playful element to any room, and they aren’t just for hanging from the ceiling, either. Here’s my easy-to-make take on this fun idea.
Try one large one like I did here, or play with smaller ones.
This large pompom served as the centerpiece for our daughter’s birthday celebration. Hung in clusters, these fluffy crafts make for a beautiful display.
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- Tissue paper
- Twine, pipe cleaners or wire
- Fishing line, or some other string to suspend your pom-pom
Start by laying out about 10 sheets of tissue in a neat pile. The more sheets of tissue you use, the fuller your pompom will be.
Start by folding the pile in 1-inch increments in an accordion-style fold. Smooth each fold.
Continue this same process until the entire sheet is folded.
Round both ends with your scissors. This gives the pompom a rounded edge that ends up looking something like a peony.
You can also cut the ends into a point for a very different look. For a visually interesting cluster of pompoms, vary the shape of the ends.
Fold the accordion folded tissue in half and tie tightly. I used twine, but you can also use wire or pipe cleaners. Just be sure to twist tightly.
Lay the tissue open and gently pull one layer of the tissue into the centre, alternating sides until you have done about half of the pompom.
Take your time with this step! Remember to pull gently, being careful not to tear the tissue.
Flip the pompom and do the same thing to the other side. Try not to push down on the side you've just completed, but don't worry — you can fix anything that might get a bit flattened when you're finished.
Once your pompom is hung, adjust the layers until you're happy with the look.
I hung my pompom with pieces of fine tulle I had on hand.
If you want the illusion of the pompom floating in mid-air, use fishing line.
To use these pretty paper blooms on flat surfaces just pull the tissue layers open to one side only so one side of the pompom remains flat. This way they can used as wall art, tabletop decoration, or tied to chair backs for a party.
Smaller versions of these pompoms can be used as gift toppers too — the possibilities go on and on. Decorating with your own paper pompoms? We’d love to see your photos!Check out how to make a cloud-like lanternTELL US…Have you crafted anything yourself recently? Tell us about it in the Comments below.